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Salesforce TrailheaDX: Path Toward Redefining Developers

To help businesses adapt to a world of omnipresent software, Salesforce aims to create more programmers. Here is a look at the company's first developer conference, where it explored that mission.
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Leader Of The Scout Troop

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff normally presides over much bigger gatherings, like the massive crowd at Dreamforce. He's a compelling public speaker, with a level of gravitas and comfort onstage that his peers haven't quite found, apart from perhaps Eric Schmidt. 
The woodsy theme of TrailheaDX had a sort of hokey charm. At the same time, Salesforce was trying too hard to deny that technology and nature tend to be opposing forces. No doubt everyone had fun pretending they were off on a bucolic camping trip. But as phones and laptops ran out of battery power, you can bet everyone there was glad to have a wall outlet to recharge. And that's to say nothing about bugs …

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Leader Of The Scout Troop

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff normally presides over much bigger gatherings, like the massive crowd at Dreamforce. He's a compelling public speaker, with a level of gravitas and comfort onstage that his peers haven't quite found, apart from perhaps Eric Schmidt.

The woodsy theme of TrailheaDX had a sort of hokey charm. At the same time, Salesforce was trying too hard to deny that technology and nature tend to be opposing forces. No doubt everyone had fun pretending they were off on a bucolic camping trip. But as phones and laptops ran out of battery power, you can bet everyone there was glad to have a wall outlet to recharge. And that's to say nothing about bugs …

(Image: Thomas Claburn/InformationWeek)

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6/9/2016 | 3:13:44 PM
How to find programmer-preferred animals
When it comes to populating a programmer conference with beasts, CEO Marc Benioff perhaps should consult the O'Reilly offering of programmer's books, which frequently offer animal covers. Web Content Management, for example, features a squirrel, and the JavaScript Cookbook cover offers a stork. But maybe stay away from Mapping Experiences (grizzly) and some of the Python topics.
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